For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .







''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007







Thursday, October 1, 2009

In the midst of madness

Yes.......I am hanging on to my sanity with my fingertips and my nails are going to break soon, I really can't stand it. Yes I know it will be worth it in the end and I know it will mean a special work area for me, a new home for all my precious cloth but I swear.........I need help! Anyway in the middle of chaos there is a small area of calm and sanity where I embroider. It's a good job I can blank out everything that is going on around me and please don't ask how I can keep white silk fabric and pure silk thread clean in this filthy pit that is my home because the simple answer is I haven't got a clue! These photgraphs were taken on white mountboard balanced on top of two very unsteady, (full of all kinds of house stuff,) cardboard boxes. That gives you some Idea of how it is around here. These are going to be pin cushions for Sparkle. I have no idea when I will be able to get my sewing machine out and put them together but they are embroidered, the hardest part, so it's a start. I am so hoping that Sparkle will work out for me. Because it's in London I am kind of obsessed that the location makes it extra special yet it could be a disaster. It may not attract the right kind of buyer. My things may ''seem'' too precious for people to buy. I only say that because so many people have said to me before, ''oh I would love one of those but it's too nice for my house'' which I can tell you is mightily frustrating. Believe me if it can stay clean around here at the moment your house will be a piece of cake! For these pieces I have pushed the boat out and bought some pure silk thread, quite expensive but worth it I think. It is absolutely glorious to work with so I have been on the phone today and ordered more.






It's impossible at the moment to work on my wrapping cloth because I can't get near the table to measure and mark etc so I am making more hexagons for the swaddling band, they are easy to pick up and put down and hopefully when I get them all joined I will have a healthier measurement and be nearer my 120 inches.
You will be pleased to hear that my son survived his rolling down the hill experience and loved every minute of it. Oh the courage of youth!
Lately I have been getting a lot of comments from ''no reply'' people. If that's you then I'm sorry I can't thank you for visiting, maybe you could enable a reply facility or something?? and for the past two days I think every single person in Turkey has been here! I have traced it back to this and just want to say...Hi to everyone in Turkey!
Right, I really don't know when I will be back but I hope to be rambling incoherently again before I go to London next week. Be happy x

16 comments:

Jacky said...

Karen you are a brave soul soldiering on through the chaos of building...the photos look great! How luscious, pure silk thread. Dont you just love using quality products!
Good luck with Sparkle, I am sure you will be successful. You cant help but want some of your work!
Aaahhh Turkey...isnt that lovely to be featured and so many visitors from Turkey...well done!

Jacky xox

connie said...

Well I hope your home gets back in order soon. I have been through a similar experience and I thought it would never end but it did and it was worth the mess.
I love your new pieces and the silk thread just glows. They are beautiful. Have a good week.

Aida Costa said...

Ooooooooohhhhhh...........these are gorgeous. Truly. I'm stunned how beautiful these look. Such simplicity, yet such detail at the same time. Makes me wish I could take a workshop with you!

leilani said...

Your work is breathtakingly lovely and so different from every one elses.

I am wishing you tremendous success.

Ulla said...

The embroidered surfaces look so beautiful. I hope your home will be back to normal soon.
The "no reply" people may not know their email address is not showing at the moment. I had to go to my profile and add the address, because Blogger had dropped it. I would not have known if a friend had not told me I was suddenly commenting as "no reply".

Threadspider said...

They remind me of an an evocation of the Kingdom of the Ice Bear-beautiful embroidery Karen and hopefully you will soon have a space sorted out where you can luxuriate.

Miss 376 said...

I like these. It's always like going to a sweet shop, trying to chose which one to pick. Hope all the work finsihes soon and you can get some order back

Gina said...

The sheen on that silk is gorgeous. Well done for managing to work through the chaos.

EMBELLISHER said...

Hard to believe you are in the midst of so much chaos.The embroidery must be calming because that's what they reflect. Good luck with sparkle.

Tammie Lee said...

lovely and ethereal~

Cerejeira said...

Hi Karen ...so you will be in London...stich show???and yes I wish I could take a workshop with you too !
Regards

E Marie said...

Beautiful as always! I love your candid description of trying to photograph projects amongst everything. I can soooo relate.
Hang in there!

JP said...

they are just sooo beautiful - good luk with them

Victoria said...

So beautiful! Good luck and enjoy London!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful. The silk thread adds a lustre. Amazing that you can do it surrounded by such a commotion - and keep it clean too! Good luck keeping it all going.
janice.

Corryna Janssen said...

I love the way you make structures on white fabric, with white thread. It is kinda delicate and authentic.